Kept close to a moderate pace by jockey Mark Guidry, Baptize rallied while three wide en route to a 2 1/4-length victory over Indygo Shiner in Saturday's $200,000 Arlington Classic (gr. IIT) at Arlington Park.
Trainer Rick Violette added blinkers to March Magic for Saturday's $300,000 Molly Pitcher Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. II) and the 4-year-old filly responded by winning the 1 1/16-mile Monmouth Park feature by three lengths. The race was marred by the break down of 3-5 favorite License Fee.
Ashland Stakes (gr. I) winner Fleet Renee, who subsequently disappointed as the favorite in the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I), made amends for her Oaks performance with a 5 1/2-length victory in Saturday's $250,000 Mother Goose Stakes at Belmont Park.
Nine-year-old Bet On Sunshine won the $108,400 Aristides Handicap for the second consecutive year on Saturday, and for the second straight year the Paul McGee-trained gelding set a stakes record in winning the 6 1/2-furlong Churchill Downs contest. On a fast track, Bet On Sunshine stopped the timer in 1:14.79, finishing 3 1/2 lengths ahead of Alannan.
S.J. Bee Stable's Buster's Daydream reprised his success in the Flash Stakes (gr. III) with a 1 1/2-length victory in Saturday's $106,300 Tremont Stakes (gr. III) at Belmont Park.
A recent court victory by leading Hong Kong owner and trainer Ivan Allan in England probably will not have ramifications for sale companies in this country, according to officials for Keeneland and Fasig-Tipton.
Include and Albert the Great got well acquainted in the May 12 Pimlico Special (gr. I), when Include held on to a neck victory. They renew their rivalry Sunday at Belmont Park in the $500,000 Suburban Handicap (gr. II) at 10 furlongs.
The TV Games Network became available today to 40,000 Comcast cable television subscribers in the Baltimore metropolitan area. It is the first time TVG has been available on a cable system outside Kentucky.
Neil Drysdale trainee Irish Prize is likely to go highweighted in the $250,000-added Firecracker Breeders' Cup (gr. II) July 4 at Churchill Downs. The 5-year-old Irish River gelding has been setting off fireworks throughout 2001, with three graded stakes wins from four starts.
Consignors who represent the majority of yearlings catalogued to the Keeneland July select sale have agreed to have ultrasound examinations conducted on their horses to confirm the absence of pericarditis.
Petrushka, whose retirement from racing was announced June 14, has been sold to Darley Stud by Highclere Thoroughbred Racing for an amount said to be in excess of $5 million. The exact price was not disclosed.
As expected, Keeneland announced several key personnel moves Friday. Rogers Beasley, longtime director of the largest equine sale company in the world, will become director of racing, a newly created position. The position will help ease the work load of racing secretary Howard Battle, who has been battling health problems. Battle will still oversee the racing office.
A son of 1992 Horse of the Year A.P. Indy, Indygo Shiner captured the Jefferson Cup Stakes last out at Churchill Downs June 9. He is owned by Jane and F. Lyon and Lacombe Racing Stable, and is conditioned by Elliott Walden, who saddled Hawk Attack to win the 1995 Arlington Classic. Indygo Shiner ran well to finish fourth in the Sir Barton Stakes at Pimlico in May.
Galileo and Golan, one-two finishers in the Epsom Derby (Eng-I), will square off Sunday in the Budweiser Irish Derby (Ire-I). Galileo, conditioned by Aidan O'Brien, has four wins from four starts after posting a 3 1/2-length victory in the Epsom Derby. He is being pointed toward Belmont Park and the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships Classic (gr.-I) in October. Galileo is a son of Sadler's Wells.
Australians have effectively been banned from gambling with online casinos. The Australian Federal Government made several 11th-hour compromises to get its watered-down internet gambling bill through the Senate stage on June 28. As the bill was passed at the final sitting before the winter recess, it became illegal for Australians to bet with online casinos offshore as well as domestically.
Roger Clinton, half-brother to former President Bill Clinton, is being investigated by a House of Representatives committee for allegedly being paid to help J.T. Lundy, former president of Calumet Farm, get clemency, according to the Los Angeles Times.
West Virginia stallion Northern Wolf died May 19 of a heart attack while covering a mare at John McKee and Cindy O'Bannon's Beau Ridge Farm near Bunker Hill.
Millionaires Lazy Slusan and Gourmet Girl, two of the country's leading distaffers, renew their rivalry Saturday in the $250,000 Vanity Handicap (gr. I) at Hollywood Park.
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Despite the defection of Kentucky Oaks winner Flute, Saturday's $250,000 Mother Goose Stakes at Belmont Park remains strong with 10 fillies vying to capture the middle leg of the "Triple Tiara."
Mockingbird Farm's Exciting Story will return to action Saturday at Woodbine in a one-mile allowance event over the E. P. Taylor Turf Course. The start will be his first since winning the May 28 Metropolitan Handicap (gr. I) at Belmont Park.
From a preview show to the sale itself, TVG will offer live coverage and analysis of the 2001 Keeneland July Selected Yearling Sale. Caton Bredar will report on all events from the Keeneland Sales Pavilion with hosts Todd Schrupp and Frank Lyons in the Los Angeles studio. The live sale broadcast will run July 16-17 from 7-10 p.m. EDT.
The public got its first glance Wednesday, June 27, at what in-fighting has cost the Maryland racing industry. The Maryland Jockey Club slashed 22 stakes races worth $1.7 million from its racing program the rest of the year at Pimlico and Laurel Park. The Maryland Racing Commission approved the drastic cuts at its monthly meeting in Timonium north of Baltimore.
Millionaires Marlin and Urgent Request were represented by their first winners June 27.
Trainer Pico Perdomo expressed confidence that Gourmet Girl will be ready for a top effort in the $250,000 Vanity Handicap (gr. I) for fillies and mares at 1 1/8-miles Saturday at Hollywood Park despite an 11-week hiatus since her last race.
Longshot Power Wing had the spotlight all to himself Wednesday, working four furlongs in :48 4/5 under regular rider Julio Garcia at Hollywood Park for Sunday's Hollywood Gold Cup (gr . I). Major players for the Gold Cup -- Captain Steve, Skimming, Futural, and Aptitude -- all worked on Tuesday.
Live racing dates for the remainder of the 2001 Thoroughbred racing season in Maryland were approved this afternoon at the monthly Maryland Racing Commission meeting in Timonium.
Flute, winner of last month's Kentucky Oaks (gr. I), will not run in Saturday's Mother Goose Stakes (gr. I) at Belmont Park after popping an abscess in her right front at Hollywood Park and missing an important work.
Earlier this year, four weeks after breaking his maiden going 1 1/8-miles on the grass March 10, trainer Jerry Fanning entered Wenga Enterprise's Cherokee Kim in the Santa Anita Derby (gr. I). The colt by Cherokee Colony finished fifth behind The Thoroughbred Corp.'s Point Given, who went on to capture the Preakness and Belmont Stakes (both gr. I).
Trainer Paul J. McGee can't help but smile when he talks about the old man of his stable, Bet On Sunshine, as he prepares for his bid for a second consecutive victory in Saturday's $100,000 Aristides Handicap (gr. III).
The state's Racing and Wagering Board is moving to end entries being coupled as common betting interests in the biggest New York races, including the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) and the Breeders' Cup.
The new "World Thoroughbred Championships" and rebranding of the Breeders' Cup aren't as confusing as they appear, industry officials said in the wake of their announcement Tuesday. In short, the changes could mean everything to the general public, and very little to people within the Thoroughbred industry.
Lane's End Farm and Turfway Park announced a three-year agreement that will give the breeding farm located near Versailles, Ky., title sponsorship of the Northern Kentucky racetrack's premier Triple Crown prep race in the spring. It will be called the "Lane's End Spiral Stakes," which next year will be held March 23.
Officials at Lane's End Farm and Turfway Park announced today a three-year agreement that will give the Central Kentucky breeding farm title sponsorship of Turfway's premier Triple Crown prep race in the spring. The grade II Lane's End Spiral Stakes will be held next year on March 23.
Four years after they purchased and expanded Highland Farm near Paris, Ky., George and Kay Hofmeister have listed the Bourbon County estate for sale for $60 million.
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It's all very preliminary, but there are indications the Chicago Fire soccer team is considering Arlington Park in Arlington Heights, Ill., as a possible site for permanent soccer-only stadium.
Citing philosophical differences with the organization, jockey Pat Day has resigned as president and as a member of The Jockeys' Guild. "There is a distinct philosophical difference that prohibits me from any longer being a part of the organization," Day told bloodhorse.com Tuesday.
James Tafel's Unshaded worked five furlongs in 1:01 over a fast track at Churchill Downs on Tuesday in preparation for the July 1 Suburban Handicap at Belmont Park.
Frank Calabrese and a 2-year-old colt by Victory Speech combined to top Saturday's Illinois sale. Calabrese paid $100,000 for hip #25 at the June 23 Illinois Thoroughbred Breeders and Owners Foundation sale at Arlington Park.
In an effort to increase field size, the California Horse Racing Board has proposed a 19-day reduction in the 2001 racing calendar in the state. The proposal would affect the major racetracks and some fairs.
Captain Steve got the go-ahead for the July 1 Hollywood Gold Cup with a five-furlong work in 1:00.20 at Santa Anita Park Tuesday morning. He was one of four Gold Cup hopefuls to work Tuesday.
Jim Host of Host Communications called the Breeders' Cup championship "the biggest day in sports," and the Thoroughbred industry hopes to capitalize on it with the new "World Thoroughbred Championships" unveiled Tuesday afternoon.
The Simon Bray-trained Astra wins the Beverly Hills Handicap over Happyanunoit
Queen's Plate winner Dance Smartly produces second straight Plate winner for Sam-Son Farm
Critical Eye gets the added distance she prefers and wins the Hempstead Handicap
Fantastic Light, Frankie Dettori, Johnny Murtagh, and Aidan O'Brien shine at star-studded Royal Ascot
Richard, Bertram, and Elaine Klein's Swept Away, a winner of nine of 16 starts for earnings of $550,500, was retired June 26 because of an injury to her left front sesamoid. In her last race, the grade II Genuine Risk Handicap at Belmont Park May 12, Swept Away finished an uncharacteristic eighth.
The Ontario Racing Commission has agreed to paricipate in the national licensing program, and will recognize the multi-jurisdictional license through reciprocity with no additional fees.
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